New-To-Me Music

Growing up in the Midwest, trends in fashion, music, and even slang often took a while to enter my life. And those really of-the-moment trends? Well, let’s just say they were already out of style everywhere else by the time Southern Illinois got a hold of them.


Thankfully today we live in an era where social media and Perez Hilton alike keep us freshly updated with all things trendy. We even have Internet radio stations and satellite radio in many cars so the whole country can hear the same music at the same time.

So really there’s no excuse not to already know and love the songs and bands I’m going to list below. No excuse, unless you’re like me and are still experiencing a little Southern Illinois slowdown in your life. Some trends filter through quickly and others take some warm-up time. It’s a relief, then, knowing that great music never goes out of style.


Beekeeper’s Daughter by All-American Rejects
Shuffle by Bombay Bicycle Club
Some Nights by Fun
Tongue Tied by Grouplove
Junk of the Heart by The Kooks
Midnight City by M83
Punching in a Dream by Naked and Famous
Everybody Talks by Neon Trees
Simple Song by The Shins
Silence by The Ting Tings
Float On by Modest Mouse
Rack City by Tyga
Run by Vampire Weekend
Burn It Down by Linkin Park
Loca by Shakira
Supermassive Black Hole by Muse
Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap
Houdini by Foster the People
North American Scum by LCD Soundsystem
Little Shocks by Kaiser Chiefs
Blood Pressure by Mutemath


So that’s what I’ve been listening to lately. You could call this a summer playlist because it would be a proper companion to doing a lot of summer-type things: island-hopping, washing the car, and hitting the farmers’ market. But not all of these songs are brand new. Still, I encourage you to give them a try. The library has copies of everything listed above. Who knows? Much like a random road trip, you may discover something great.


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